Lamberto Bava, the son of legendary Master
of Horror Mario Bava, had worked as his father's directorial assistant
all way back since Mario's 1965
Terrore nello Spazio and 1966 Operazione Paura, and in 1977 he co-directed
Shock with his father, the last film Mario Bava directed.
Lamberto also assisted other genre directors as Dario Argento and Ruggero
With Macabro in 1980 Lamberto Bava debuted as a director on his own
and with La Casa con la Scala nel Buio in 1983 he confirmed that he
pretty impressive director all on his own. And, in the latter one he
also shows his influence from Dario Argento's directorial style, and
from his father, not a surprise as Dario in his turn was influenced
by the directorial style of Mario Bava.
The old 2003 US Anchor Bay DVD double edition
I watched these 2 Lamberto Bava films (on the above
US DVD) for the first time in 2003 and now it was time for a re-watching
and a possible
re-evaluation of them. 2003, aah yes, at that time you were pretty spoiled
with the early DVD releases of Classic Gialli, the best of Argento,
best of Lenzi, Fulci, Lado, Martino and of Mario Bava etc. and these
mostly then from the Gialli golden era of the 1960's -1970's.
But if i remember correctly i did like these 2 Lamberto Bava films also
And these two films were the best films Lamberto ever
directed on his own, and that is my opinion as i know some prefer his
and Demons 2. I've watched 3 more gialli directed by Lamberto, 1986
Morirai a mezzanotte, 1987 Le foto di Gioia and 1992 Body Puzzle and
are all entertaining but strictly B grade genre offerings (read about
them on my Giallo pages). In the 1980's the genre was on it's way out.
Macabro - The Story:
Not really a giallo perhaps, but an atmospheric psycho-horror-thriller
filmed in New Orleans about a woman who loses her lover in a car
accident, are put in a mental hospital and then one year later rents
the second floor of an old villa with a blind instrument repairer living
bottom floor. The blind guy, Robert (Stanko Molnar, also in A Blade
in the Dark in a small role as the gardener) can hear distinctly sexual
sounds coming from the upper floor as if Jane Baker (Bernice Stegers)
has a lover there, but he starts to wonder what's going on as he haven't
heard anyone arrive or leave the villa.
Jane's shock after losing her lover Fred in the car
accident was doubled when her youngest kid were
found drowned in the bathtub, and little
does she know that he was murdered by Jane's young teenage daughter
Lucy (Veronica Zinny) in an act of insanity and daughter-mother hate.
Lucy probably felt side-stepped from her mother's affections or maybe
she's just crazy, anyway Lucy starts to visit her mother at Robert's
house and to snoop around looking for her mother's secret. The film
builds up to an intense and fascinating climax, even though the ending
scene was a bit tacky.
A really fucked up mother-daughter relation and
Veronica Zinny (born 1967 and 13 years old here) delivers one
of the best Evil Child roles
ever. Sadly obscure and forgotten but as worthy of praise as Giovanni
Frezza (the blond freak kid seen in the intro of A Blade in the Dark
in Fulci films) she's the child of Argentinian actress Victoria Zinny
and sister of Karl Zinny (wheelschair bound guy in Le Foto di Gioia).
She only made this film. Bernice Stegers as Jane Baker and Stanko Molnar
as Robert are very good too. Pupi Avati co-scripted Macabro.
This German Blu-ray presents the film in widescreen
ratio 1.78:1 with an english audio DTS-HD 2.0 (or an italian audio with
region ALL. Extras: Italian trailer, english trailer, german intro and
end credits, english intro and end credits, french and italian image
and an interview with Lamberto Bava in english with italian translation
and german subtitles (11 minutes)